What's in my Bag?

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My gear list

(Work in-progress)

I thought I'd include a page of all of the gear I use for my various photography and video projects. Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to know more about how I made any of my images. I'd love to help you out!

(Most of these links are affiliate links, which means if you purchase an item, I get a small percentage of the final price which supports my life, wife, and dogs. I really appreciate all of the support.)

Landscape and Wildlife Photography Gear

Canon 5D Mark IV - I was never convinced that I'd need a touchscreen or fancy features and that I'd be fine with my old 6D but after needing a new camera after some mechanical mishaps (read: gravity+camera) I decided to splurge on this camera. This thing shoots amazing video and has an incredible dynamic range and the best user interface of any camera I've ever owned. This is my favorite camera in existence.

Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L II - A fantastic all-around lens. I use this as my walk-around lens and as my go-to lens for general landscapes. The low light helps for shooting weddings and events. The price is a bit steep but it's the sharpest zoom lens in Canon's lineup.

Canon EF 70-200mm f4 non-IS - My cheapest L lens and one of the sharper ones. If you use this to shoot landscapes, you don't really need the 2.8 or the IS. I find myself using this lens more and more for my landscapes to get unique shots. If you're not using a 70-200mm for events or low light situations, I'd suggest this cheaper version any day.

Canon EF 16-35 f4L IS - A fantastic wide angle lens. Stretch that foreground! The IS isn't really necessary... until you start using it for video. I use this for my vlogging and wide angle landscape needs. It's super sharp with almost no distortion, I could see this being very useful for creative street photography and architecture, as well.

Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 C - I love this lens for either really compressing a landscape or for shooting wildlife. The IS helps a ton. Sometimes I wish it was a Canon 600mm prime lens but you have to remember that this lens is so much more flexible and $10,000 less than a prime telephoto.

Alta Vanguard Alta 2+ Tripod - I never thought I'd need a fancy tripod when I was just starting out. But one day I tried out a nice tripod and immediately saw what I was missing out on. I love this tripod because of all of the freedom of movement it offers. It's also great for macro photography.

Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW Backpack - This pack carries all of my gear.. well, most of it. It can carry 2 DSLRs, my filters, a drone and a few lenses including my Sigma 150-600mm, easily. It's also super comfortable and I've carried it up numerous mountains.

Lee Filter Set - That old adage "Get it right in camera" definitely is true. This set is pretty pricey but very worth it. These filters are top notch and worth every penny. They're adaptable to fit on every lens with an external filter mount. In the Landscape set you get a set of graduated filters and a neutral density filter for getting that smooth, silky water. The set also includes the necessary Foundation System and a circular polarizer. This is much cheaper than buying individual filters for every lens and likely higher quality.

 Filter Pouch - You've gotta put your filters somewhere! This pouch fits easily into my camera bag or attaches to the outside with its included flexible velcro mount.

My Favorite Photography Blind/Tent - The tragopan blind is an amazingly easy to set-up, high quality, portable photo-blind/tent. You can comfortably sleep in the blind with the additional attachment for it. When I'm photographing wildlife, I won't leave the house without this in my car. It's a little price-y but it's worth it for the quality waterproof construction and its versitility.

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Drone Stuff

DJI Mavic Air - Drones provide such a unique perspective on the surrounding area and are an amazing device to use for filming and b-roll. I absolutely love the size and portability of the Mavic Air. I can just throw this on top of everything else in my bag (with extra batteries... don't forget to get extra batteries, the flight time is less than 20 minutes.) I have always loved planes and flying and this drone is a much cheaper alternative to putting humans in the air!

Video Equipment

Canon 7D Mark II - Not traditionally thought of as a vlogging/Youtube camera, the 7D Mark II is spectacular. I use this camera as my back-up camera at events and commercial shoots in the horrible case that my 5D decides to stop working. I also like to use this for wildlife and sports as its high framerate continuous shooting is fantastic. I am using this as one of my main vlogging cameras at the moment due to its great video capabilities and its hardiness (waterproof!)

Sony RX 100 IV - I love this camera. For street photography, landscape, anything. I love putting it in my back pocket and bringing it with me everywhere. I recently decided to start using it as my other Youtube camera due to its great video features. I love its tilty-flip screen and high framerate shooting. It's a pain that it doesn't have a mic input but I made my own DIY mount with a Tascam DR-05 and a Rode mic to record my vlogs. I love its lens and... mm! What a good camera. The RX 100 VI is on my christmas wishlist, however, this older model is just as good.

Joby 3K Gorillapod - Every Youtube vlogger uses this and I know why. It's a great handle for filming yourself and setting up in all of those random places in your video. I like the cheaper version and it seems to work just fine for my 7D.

DJI Ronin S Gimbal - This thing is like if you compressed Hollywood and put it into a little arm-thing. It creates amazingly smooth footage with a DSLR and is way cheaper than a dolly and camera crew. If you're looking for some increased production value, what do you have to lose (other than $700?)

Osmo II Gimbal - A much cheaper alternative to a camera gimbal this thing works great with a cellphone or GoPro for buttery smooth footage. It's ease of use makes up for the lack of quality you get with some cellphone footage.

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Audio Equipment

Tascam DR-05 V2 - One of the more popular handheld recorders. This model does everything I need it to do at the moment and can't see myself upgrading for a long time. Plug your mic in and go.

Rode Video Micro - $60 for fantastic audio in a small package? Need I say more? This little thing is great and an awesome starting mic.

Rode Video Mic Pro+ - Professional quality shotgun mic with an auto-off feature? Yes please. I always forget to turn my mics on and off and this update is a life saver.